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Certification Watch (Vol. 16, No. 15)

News about tripping up cert fakers, drugs the launch of a new certification program by Veeam, and the boom in BYOD.

Is Your Certification Certified?

Unlike with conjunction junction, there's no need to ask about the function of certification validation. Simply put, certification is a validation of your expertise and training. There are, on the other hand, a growing number of people who claim to be certified but haven't actually done the studying or, in some cases, even taken the exams. So we could also take certification validation to mean the service offered by many certification programs of verifying to potential employers the credentials claimed by various IT pros. The newest company to follow that path is cloud computing and customer relations titan Salesforce, which is preparing to launch online validation of its certifications. That may seem a little too Big Brother-ish to some, a sentiment that's been taken into account: Individuals who are Salesforce certified can choose to opt out of the validation program.

Stamp of Approval

There are many different parts of the certification process, of course, and it isn't just the end result — your actual ink-and-paper credential — that sometimes needs authentication. The internet is littered with bogus training materials and exam-circumventing cheat sheets. That's likely one of the reasons that the British Computer Society, which is active in more than 100 different countries, is using its own good name to certify IT education training centers that help people study to become certified. The BCS is bestowing two levels of recognition through its new initiative. The first, or lesser recognition is for Approved Training Centres (note the proper British spelling of "center"), while exceptional education providers can be named BCS Platinum Centres. The first training provider to earn ATC recognition is London-based Exchange Group. One of the "qualifications" (a cert by any other name would still smell as sweet) the BCS particularly endorses is its own European Computer Driving License (ECDL).

New Kid on the Block

If you see a lot of movie Westerns, they you're probably familiar with the reliable character of the new sheriff in town. Data protection provider Veeam is sort of like a digital sheriff, and while the company itself is not precisely new, having been in operation since 2006, it is about turn over a new leaf. In January, Veeam will be launching a certification program to enhance service for partners and end users. The first credential to be offered under the new program will be the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE). Training for certification candidates will be provded via instructor-led courses, or by participation in a video-on-demand program. Veeam expects between 1,000 and 2,000 IT professionals to get involved during the first year that the program is offered.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Certification

If you have someone looking into Autodesk certification on your Christmas list and you also happen to be visiting Las Vegas this week, then the stars have aligned. Autodesk, which specializes in  3-D design software, is hosting Autodesk University at the Venetian Resort and Casino Tuesday through Thurdsay and courseware provider ASCENT is offering four new Autodesk certification prep titles during the event. Just in time for Christmas. If you aren't visiting Las Vegas, then maybe there's still time to have Santa swing by in his sleigh — or you could just visit ASCENT's Center for Technical Knowledge.

Dude, Where's my Work-Provided Desktop Computer?

If you find that you perform an increasing number of work-related tasks on the tablet, laptop or smart phone that you take to work each day from home — the one you bought yourself, that belongs solely to you — then you're about to have company. Lots and lots of company. A recent study by Juniper Research predicts that more than 1 billion employee-owned computing devices will be in use across the global workplace by 2018. The boom in BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, the both formal and informal policy (depends on your employer) of letting employees use their own stuff to get work done, has hotly debated implications, mostly concerning the security of eyes-only business data that's suddenly being populated to hordes of potentially unsecured PEDs. Looks like we've added another item to the ever-expanding list of reasons that security certifications are hot, hot, hot.

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